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PCI-Bus Card

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | United Electronic Industries Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Combining high density, high-voltage capability and optoisolation, the PD2-DIO-128i is a PCI-bus card that supplies 64 digital inputs and 64 digital outputs, each line with its own optoisolator. The I/Os are configured in fixed banks of 16 lines. All input ports are isolated from each other and the rest of the

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USB-9211 and 9215

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The USB-9211 and 9215 deliver integrated signal conditioning and are the first in a series of single-function USB DAQ devices. The USB-9211 is a four-channel, 24-bit, highly accurate thermocouple measurement device that includes built-in screw terminal connectivity. The USB-9215 is a four-channel, 16-bit, simultaneous sampling analog input device that

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LL-151-3-D Display

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The LL-151-3-D display is a stand-alone display that features 3-D LCD Technology. This 15-inch 3-D LCD monitor delivers 3-D images to the naked eye, and can be switched between 2-D and 3-D viewing for standard applications such as spreadsheets, word processing or email

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Scientists Vote Blade Runner Best Sci-Fi Film of All Time

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A newspaper survey of top scientists has chosen "Blade Runner" as the world's best science fiction. The 1982 movie was the favorite when 60 scientists were questioned by The Guardian, including evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, the newspaper said

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Mysterious Plasma Jets on the Sun Explained

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Solar physicists from Lockheed Martin and the Solar Physics and upper-Atmosphere Research Group at the Department of Applied Mathematics of the University of Sheffield, UK have used computer modeling and some of the highest resolution images ever taken of the solar atmosphere to explain the cause of supersonic jets

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Earth-Like Planet Discovered 50 Light-Years Away

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A European team of astronomers has discovered the lightest known planet orbiting a star other than the sun (an "exoplanet"). The new exoplanet orbits the bright star mu Arae located in the southern constellation of the Altar. It is the second planet discovered around this star and completes a full revolution in 9.5 days

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Martian Meteorite Found in Antarctica

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

While rovers and orbiting spacecraft scour Mars searching for clues to its past, researchers have uncovered another piece of the red planet in the most inhospitable place on Earth — Antarctica. The new specimen was found by a field party from the U.S. Antarctic Search for Meteorites program (ANSMET) on an ice field in the Miller Range of the Transantarctic Mountains, roughly

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RTV Makes Hikers Easier to Find

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Getting lost in the mountains can be a scary experience; it is easy to wonder off a trail or get confused about which direction you are going. New technology from the National Nuclear Security Administration's Sandia National Laboratories is now being used by the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council (AMRC) to help find and rescue lost hikers in the

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Spinning Black Holes Fire off Violent Jets

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Violent jets of matter and energy that shoot out from some black holes originate in their spin, suggest the most realistic simulations of these torrents yet. Thousands of jets — which radiate at radio wavelengths — have been observed spewing from active galaxies. These galaxies are believed

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Project Columbia Aims to Accelerate Scientific Studies and Rebirth of Space Missions

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

NASA has chosen SGI Altix as the foundation of Project Columbia, an extensive collaboration with SGI and Intel Corporation that is expected to fuel scientific breakthroughs in space exploration, global warming research, and aerospace engineering. With Project Columbia, NASA plans to integrate a total of twenty

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X Prize Teams Ready for $10 Million

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

"Eight years ago, under the Arch in St. Louis, we kicked off the X PRIZE competition. I'm pleased to announce that the first team is ready to make an attempt to claim the $10 million, with other teams close behind," said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and Founder of the X PRIZE Foundation. "The American Mojave Aerospace Ventures Team and the Canadian

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Scientists Discover Two Interstellar Molecules: Pathways for Chemical Evolution in Space

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A team of scientists using the National Science Foundation's Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) has discovered two new molecules in an interstellar cloud near the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. This discovery is the GBT's first detection of new molecules, and is already helping astronomers better understand the complex processes by which large molecules form in space

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Co-Discoverer of DNA Structure Dies at 88

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Francis Harry Compton Crick, co-discoverer of the double helical genetic blueprint of life known commonly as DNA, died. He was 88 years old and a resident of La Jolla, Calif. For his work, Crick — a distinguished research professor and former president of the Salk Institute for Biological studies — was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962, along with

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Hospitals Move Toward Paperless Age

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

What would a hospital be without the paperwork? The answer, says the government, is: more efficient, with fewer medical errors and lower costs. The government is setting technology standards and providing financial incentives for doctors and hospitals to invest in the transition to paperless systems

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RNA to Form Building Blocks for Nanomachines

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Microscopic scaffolding to house the tiny components of nanotech devices could be built from RNA, the same substance that shuttles messages around a cell's nucleus, reports a Purdue University research group. By encouraging ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules to self-assemble into 3-D

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